CASTLETON, Vt. – Seniors Kate Auer and Maddy DaCosta put up career efforts on senior day as the Spartans won their seventh straight game with a 20-8 victory over Husson on a snowy Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans outshot Husson just 31-27 but put 26 shots on net and picked up 16 draw controls as they improved to 8-2 and 4-0 in the North Atlantic Conference. Husson matched Castleton with 24 ground balls but dropped to 3-3 and 2-2 in conference play.
Auer was all over the field, tying a career-high with nine points on six goals and three assists. An assist in the first half gave 200 points for her career, becoming the fifth player in program history to surpass that milestone. She added five draw controls and four ground balls. DaCosta added a career-high eight points on seven goals and one assist.
Junior Brandi Whittemore scored four goals with five caused turnovers, four ground balls and four draw controls while sophomore Grace Johnson had one goal, three assists, two ground balls and two draw controls.
Freshman Amanda Desshaies led the Husson offense with three goals while Michaela Bicknell added three goals, one assist three ground balls and three draw controls. Mattie Russell picked up a team-high five draw controls.
Castleton opened up the scoring at 25:36 on a free position goal by DaCosta. The Spartans added to their lead a minute later as Mariah Lesure fed Auer for the goal in front. Johnson then found Whittemore for the 3-0 lead with 23:41 left. Whittemore added another goal before Husson's Amanda Deshaies cut the deficit to 4-1 with 13:42 remaining.
DaCosta scored back-to-back goals, with the second coming on an assist from Auer for the senior's 200th career point. Auer then extended the lead to 7-1 with 9:28 left in the half. Abi Staab cut the deficit to 7-2 but DaCosta and Auer each recorded a hat trick in the last seven minutes of the half and Whittemore added a goal for the 14-2 advantage at the break.
Husson scored twice in the opening six minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to 14-4 but Grace Johnson scored right in front following a pass from DaCosta with 22:34 left to make it 15-4. Castleton outscored the Eagles 5-4 over the final 20 minutes.
Junior Meghan Els was impressive in net, holding Husson to 2-for-8 on free position attempts and making 14 saves overall to earn the win. Abby Greenleaf took the loss, making three saves and giving up 14 goals in the first half. Jess Poulin played the second half, allowing six goals and making three stops.
The Spartans return to action on April 7 when they host Worcester St. at 7 pm.